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Slaves irrigating by water-wheel on the banks of the Nile. Wood engraving.
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1 print : wood engraving ; image 11.8 x 22.5 cm
Slaves irrigating by water-wheel on the banks of the Nile. Our picture represents one of the modes employed to raise water for irrigating "this dry and thirsty land". The Arab slave owner sits lazily watching his exhausted chattels, occasionally bestowing a lash when some poor wretch, weaker than his brethren, falls to the ground. Anothe rmethod of raising water by means of the sakieh, in which camels or oxen plod round a worn path, turning a creaking cogged wheel,
Lettering continues: ... drawing up an endless and dripping string of earthern vessels, which splash out their crystal gatherings into one common pool. But a more common contrivance is the shadoof, consisting only of a long pole working on a pivot, a lump of clay or a stone fixed at one end, a bucket on the other
Wellcome Library no. 43326i
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